Justin Galzic Justin Galzic - 1 month ago 12x
iOS Question

Aligning text and image on UIButton with imageEdgeInsets and titleEdgeInsets

I would like to place an icon left of the two lines of text such that there's about 2-3 pixels of space between the image and the start of text. The control itself is Center aligned horizontally (set through Interface Builder)

The button would resemble something like this:

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I'm trying to configure this with contentEdgeInset, imageEdgeInsets and titleEdgeInsets to no avail. I understand that a negative value expands the edge while a positive value shrinks it to move it closer to the center.

I tried:

[button setTitleEdgeInsets:UIEdgeInsetsMake(0, -image.size.width, 0, 0)];
[button setImageEdgeInsets:UIEdgeInsetsMake(0, button.titleLabel.bounds.size.width, 0, 0)];

but this doesn't display it correctly. I've been tweaking the values but going from say -5 to -10 on the left inset value doesn't appear to move it in expected manner. -10 will scoot the text all the way to the left so I expected -5 to scoot it half way from the left side but it doesn't.

What's the logic behind insets? I'm not familiar with image placements and related terminology.

I used this SO question as a reference but something about my values isn't right.
UIButton: how to center an image and a text using imageEdgeInsets and titleEdgeInsets?


I agree the documentation on imageEdgeInsets and titleEdgeInsets should be better, but I figured out how to get the correct positioning without resorting to trial and error.

The general idea is here at this question, but that was if you wanted both text and image centered. We don't want the image and text to be centered individually, we want the image and the text to be centered together as a single entity. This is in fact what UIButton already does so we simply need to adjust the spacing.

CGFloat spacing = 10; // the amount of spacing to appear between image and title
tabBtn.imageEdgeInsets = UIEdgeInsetsMake(0, 0, 0, spacing);
tabBtn.titleEdgeInsets = UIEdgeInsetsMake(0, spacing, 0, 0);

I also turned this into a category for UIButton so it will be easy to use:


@interface UIButton(ImageTitleCentering)

-(void) centerButtonAndImageWithSpacing:(CGFloat)spacing;



@implementation UIButton(ImageTitleCentering)

-(void) centerButtonAndImageWithSpacing:(CGFloat)spacing {
    self.imageEdgeInsets = UIEdgeInsetsMake(0, 0, 0, spacing);
    self.titleEdgeInsets = UIEdgeInsetsMake(0, spacing, 0, 0);


So now all I have to do is:

[button centerButtonAndImageWithSpacing:10];

And I get what I need every time. No more messing with the edge insets manually.

EDIT: Swapping Image and Text

In response to @Javal in comments

Using this same mechanism, we can swap the image and the text. To accomplish the swap, simply use a negative spacing but also include the width of the text and the image. This will require frames to be known and layout performed already.

[self.view layoutIfNeeded];
CGFloat flippedSpacing = -(desiredSpacing + button.currentImage.size.width + button.titleLabel.frame.size.width);
[button centerButtonAndImageWithSpacing:flippedSpacing];

Of course you will probably want to make a nice method for this, potentially adding a second category method, this is left as an exercise to the reader.